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Religion


Department of Philosophy and Religion

*REL 101. Religions of the World. 3 credits.

An investigation of the world's major religions which will give attention to their origin, history, mythology and doctrines.

*REL 200. Exploring Religion. 3 credits.

An examination of the various components in the study of religion including myths, rituals, mystical experiences, theologies, ethics and current issues. Examples will be taken from the sacred texts, rituals and the lives of religious personalities in traditions around the world.

*REL 201. Introduction to the Literature and Religion of the Old Testament. 3 credits.

A study of the foundation of the Judaeo-Christian tradition through an examination of selected writings of the Old Testament in their historical setting. Emphasis is placed on the student's direct familiarity with the text of the Bible.

*REL 202. Introduction to the Literature and Religion of the New Testament. 3 credits.

A study of the faith of the New Testament community as reflected in its literature including the Gospels, Acts and Letters of Paul. Attention is given to the development of tradition and problems of interpretation.

*REL 270. Religion and Moral Values. 3 credits.

An investigation of the historical development of religious values and moral concepts in the western religious traditions of Judaism, Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.

*REL 300. Religion and the Contemporary World. 3 credits.

A historical perspective and contemporary discussion of the religious issues that affect international affairs, government, population and other cultural themes. Specific content will vary. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

REL/SOCI 322. Sociology of Religion. 3 credits.

A sociological analysis of religion; how it influences and is influenced by social existence. See crosslisting in Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

REL/PHIL 350. Philosophy of Religion. 3 credits.

An intensive examination of religion from the standpoint of philosophical thinking with particular emphasis on the way philosophers view such problems as the existence of God, evil, immortality, religious language, etc.

REL 360. History of Christian Thought. 3 credits.

A survey of the development of Christianity with primary emphasis on the people, ideas, doctrines and major crisis points around which the development took place.

REL/PHIL 375. The 19th Century: Age of Ideology. 3 credits.

A study of selected 19th century philosophers and theologians with special attention to rationalism, romanticism and idealism. Views of Hegel, Schleiermacher, Ritschl, Marx and others are considered. Prerequisite: PHIL 101 or permission of the instructor.

REL 380. Regional Studies in the Religions of the World. 3 credits.

Concentrated examination of the religious traditions of one cultural area including religions of India (e.g., Hinduism and/or Indian Buddhism), China and Japan (e.g., Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto and/or Zen Buddhism), Israel and the Middle East (e.g., Judaism and/or Islam). Prerequisite: REL 101 or 200, or permission of the instructor.

REL 450. Major Religious Thinkers and Issues. 3 credits.

Critical examination of significant writings and issues in religion. Particular thinkers and topics vary but may include Barth, Eliade, Tillich, Gandhi, Buber, methods of understanding myth and ritual, and the religious issues arising in such areas as reproductive biology, public education, or religion and science.

REL 490. Special Studies in Religion. 3 credits.

Designed to give capable students an opportunity to complete independent study in religion under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head.

REL 499. Honors. 6 credits. Year course.


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